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Jacob Babb: Graduate Student

By Kristina Hargett

Striving for success

After receiving his B.A. in history and M.A. in English from Western Carolina University, Jacob Babb became a lecturer and started teaching writing and literature courses at his alma mater. When asked why he taught at Western, he said, “I loved WCU and I thought that teaching there for a few years was one way to do some good for students who chose to go there.”

Instead of the “traditional” curriculum for his literature courses, Babb decided to incorporate some non-canonical reads. Along with the classics such as George Orwell’s “1984” and William Faulkner’s “As I Lay Dying,” Babb introduced students to some modern literature like Christopher Moore’s “Lamb” and Douglas Adams’s “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.”

Higher learning

Babb is currently enrolled in the Ph.D. program at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a concentration in composition and rhetoric. He lives in Greensboro with his wife of five years, Niki Babb, who is also a WCU alum. Their two dogs give them plenty of company. When he is not rough-housing with the canines or reading, Babb enjoys listening to and playing music.

For many people, college consists of partying too much or never leaving study hall, but when it comes down to it, the years fly by and most wonder what they really got out of their undergrad years. Babb, at least, can answer this question: “Western taught me to be a student, to engage in critical inquiry.”

Let’s hope you can say your education taught you something other than just how to cure a hangover.



These profiles were created by the Karen Greenstone's English 303 class (spring 2009)
and edited for the web by Mary Adams's English 303 class (summer 2009).

Students in Mary Adams's English 303 class (fall 2009) wrote additional profiles.